You are here About the Diocese Safeguarding Who to Contact

Who to Contact


How to make a referral about abuse or a safeguarding concern:

If you believe that you have information or knowledge at your Chaplaincy which suggests that someone poses a risk of serious harm to others, or that an individual may be at risk of serious harm from others it must be reported immediately to the Diocesan Safeguarding Team. You can do this directly or may wish to speak with your Chaplaincy Safeguarding Officer too.

To report a concern please complete the referral form which you can download here.  Please email it to Our team will respond to your concern within 48 hours. Please do let the team know if you require assistance in completing the form, or to access in a language alternative to English. 

If you believe your concern relates to an immediate risk of harm you should contact your local emergency services.


Diocesan Confidential Reporting Line:

For urgent and non-urgent enquiries of a safeguarding nature during operational hours, please call: +44 (0)207 898 1163

If outside of operational hours, for non-urgent concerns please leave a message and a member of the Team will respond on the next working day.

Out of Hours Safeguarding Helpline:

For enquiries outside of operational hours of an urgent safeguarding nature please call our partners Thirtyone:eight (formerly Churches Child Protection Advisory service (CCPAS)) on +44 (0) 303 003 1111. You will be able to get confidential advice, guidance, and support.


General Enquiries:

For Safeguarding application checks, submission of verified certificates, training evaluation forms, and any other general queries.

Contact numbers: +44 (0)207 898 1150 and +44 (0)207 898 1163 / Email:

The Diocese in Europe Safeguarding Team operational hours are:

Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm (UK time)



Grace Fagan 

Head of Safeguarding 

Grace takes overall responsibility for the Diocese’s safeguarding work and staff members; providing advice to The Bishop and otherChurch Officers when allegations or concerns and other safeguarding matters arise, disseminating guidance on safeguarding matters for Church Officers in the Diocese and across the chaplaincies, overseeing and co-ordinating the provision of training on safeguarding matters, co-ordinating the work of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Committee (DSAC), promoting good practice on safeguarding matters.


Tel: +44 (0)207 898 1163

Mob: +44 (0)7425 536 259

Lisa Welch

Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (ADSA)

Lisa's role is to ensure that allegations of abuse are properly managed and recorded, with appropriate referral to relevant statutory authorities. To provide appropriate advice, risk assessment and other safeguarding support to Chaplaincies, and to survivors/victims of abuse. To make sure that offenders returning to the community and others that may pose a risk are appropriately supported and managed. To support the clergy as required across the Diocese.


Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 1159

Mob: +44 (0)7384 836 199

Bridgett Fenton 

Diocesan Safeguarding Officer

Bridgett’s main duties are to support the development and delivery of diocesan responsibilities within safeguarding policy and practice guidance.  Bridgett responds to enquiries that may or may not amount to allegations of abuse are properly assessed, actioned, managed and recorded, with appropriate referral to safeguarding managers and relevant statutory authorities for more detailed investigation and/or approval. Bridgett works 5 days per week.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 1150


Laura O'Brien Laura O'Brien

Diocesan Safeguarding Administrator (Safeguarding Checks) 

Laura is part of the Diocesan Safeguarding Team and is responsible for the administration, monitoring and processing of safeguarding checks in the diocese. Laura is able to guide you through the process of checks and available to answer any queries about this. Laura also provides administrative support to the Diocesan Safeguarding Team. Laura works 5 days per week.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 1150






The Diocese has established a Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Committee (DSAC) whose primary role is to provide independent and impartial advice.  The DSAC is made up of:

  • Independent Chair
  • Diocesan Bishop
  • Suffragan Bishop (as Safeguarding Lead for the Diocese)
  • Chief Operating Officer / Diocesan Secretary
  • Diocesan Communications Director
  • Archdeacon Representative
  • Chaplaincy Representative
  • Independent Members with relevant professional safeguarding experience
  • Head of Safeguarding

Team Structure

The Structure of the Safeguarding Team is available


Share this page: